When I lived in Chicago I was very spoiled, there were coffee shops on just about every corner. Then a year ago, I moved to the Tampa area and it seems that Floridians don’t drink coffee because good, independent coffee shops are hard to find. There’s still Starbucks on every corner and Dunkin Donuts along every busy road, but I’ve only had minimal luck finding anything else.
Then I stumbled across Delocator.net, a site to find independently owned stores in your area. I found it completely by accident, I was googling Starbucks (yes, I was googling Starbucks and no I don’t know why) when I noticed Delocator listed further down on the search results page.
Delocator gave more than a few coffee shops in the area to check out, 25 to to be exact. I’ve never heard of most of them, so it should keep me busy for a while.
You can also use Delocator to find independent book stores, movies, music and organic food stores.
I definitey recomend that you try this site out and see what you can find.